Clear medium ruby, slow tears. Clean, medium- intensity nose of simple red fruit with a slight forest note. Developing. Very subdued red fruit and not much else on the palate. Medium+ body, medium+ alcohol, medium+ acidity, very grippy tannins. Closed up tight at this tasting.
Domaine Faiveley continues to deliver ...: Mike and I loved this wine at a similar Faiveley tasting two years ago. Here, to me, it had retreated a little into its shell, compared to that glossier, sleeker version. However, even with 18 hours air, the sheer class of this wine, and its NSG signature, was obvious. A bouquet of spicy dark cherries and other dark berries, with savoury aromas, earth, gun smoke and underbrush. A serious, classically proportioned wine on the palate, dark and brooding. Dense, rich and powerful with dark berry and earthy flavours, seeming to be beginning to shut down. Excellent acid and tannin structure, elegant and long. With 5-10 years cellar time this wine should become a really special NSG.
French Wine Themed Tasting Dinner (Acqua, St. Paul, MN): Medium ruby red color. Slow-O for 5 hours. Drank 1+ glass over 90 minutes. Wow! This was amazingly good for being so young. I was expecting this to be tight and tannic, but it was so open to start that I elected not to decant and just let it sit until dinner. The nose is explosive, bright raspberry, cherry, floral perfume, dry forest floor, and baking spices. The palate while primary, is elegant and bright, raspberry, cherry, earth, fine grained tannins, very long and elegant finish. Loved it.
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(Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les PorÍts Saint-Georges) Cask sample - medium cherry red color; oak, baking spice, tart cherry nose; focused, rich, baking spice, tart cherry, tart baked cherry palate; needs 8-plus years; medium-plus finish 91-93 points
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